Apple must pay $ 308.5 million for allegedly violating DRM patent
Apple’s copyright protection technology is on the verge of costing the company dearly. Bloomberg says a court in Marshall, Texas ordered Apple to pay Personalized Media Communications $ 308.5 million for allegedly violating a digital rights management (DRM) patent. PMC claimed in 2015 that FairPlay technology used in the App Store, Apple Music and iTunes infringed seven patents. Apple initially had claims invalidated with the US Patent and Trademark Office, but PMC was able to overturn some of those decisions on appeal.
Google thwarted a similar PMC case, although Netflix faces a looming battle over a lawsuit filed in 2019. PMC is a non-practicing entity that relies primarily on lawsuits for its business – commonly known as patent troll. Companies like this “stifle innovation” and hurt everyday customers, Apple said in a statement.
The tech giant said it was unhappy with the outcome and planned to appeal the decision.
The decision is unlikely to affect Apple’s use of DRM. However, PMC could use this case to justify targeting other copy protection systems. While this may represent the end of a battle, you could see many lawsuits in the years to come.